McLeish has no desire to leave

Alex McLeish has played down speculation linking him with a move away from Birmingham City after pledging his immediate future to the St Andrew's club.

McLeish's name has been linked with a possible vacancy at Liverpool should Rafael Benitez move on this summer after his impressive season at the helm of the Blues.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss has them to the fringes of the European qualifying places this year despite pre-season predications of a relegation struggle on their return to the Premier League.

However, McLeish but insists he is happy at St Andrew's for 'the next couple of seasons at least'.

"We haven't really sat down and got into it (talks over a new contract) as such. There has been no real hurry for it. There are still two games to go, we are not into May yet," he explained.

"There is plenty of time. People outside seem to be more anxious about getting it done. The club and I are relaxed about it.

"I don't see any reason why I've got to leave. If you are talking about me being linked with big clubs, it is nice that my name is mentioned.

"But these clubs will be going for names of maybe people who have been a little bit more successful than me in the game.

"I've had some success but maybe they are looking at a different kind of level, European success, English titles, things like that.

"At the moment I am concentrating on Birmingham, certainly for this season and the next couple of years at least."

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